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Take a Peek Inside the Tiny Eco-Friendly Cottage One Architect Built for Her Dad

Living on a backyard-sized island requires a lot of careful planning.

When architect Alex Scott Porter set out to design her father’s vacation home on Maine’s Ragged Island—the state’s outermost inhabited isle, 20 miles from the coast—she knew it had to be as self-contained as possible.

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Saving Water – Tips for Residential Use

Laundry

When doing laundry, always wash full loads.
Conventional washers built before 2011 typically use about 40 gallons (151.4 liters) per load; resource-efficient washer may use as little as 15 gallons (56.8 liters) per load.
Adjust the water level in the washer to the amount needed for the load. Some of the new efficient washers will do this automatically.
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Energy saving tips

Saving energy isn’t just about being environmentally conscious – it’s also a great way to save money.

We all know we could do more around the home to save energy, but where to start? While some of the biggest energy savers require time and money there are still plenty of lifestyle changes you can make that will save energy, and money.
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